Best Weekend Bets: Sculpture Invitational, John Boutte, and Cleo Parker Robinson

August 8 2008, 1:36 PM
ART What: Bronze, stone, and glass sculptors gather in Loveland for America's largest outdoor sculpture show, the Loveland Sculpture Invitational and Sale. Why: A stately sculpture is the perfect, low-maintenance way to spruce up a yard dying in the Colorado heat. Bonus: While the show features countless craftsmen from around the state, expect to meet artists from Oregon and even Canada, too. Details: Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Loveland High School, 920 W. 29th St., Loveland. $3-$5. For more information, call 970-663-7467 or visit www.lovelandsculpturegroup.org.
PARTY What: Creole singer John Boutté pumps out his soulful jazz and fiery gospel for New Orleans at the Vineyards, a Southern-style party full of Cajun cooking and dancing. Why: This party is like a quick trip to the bayou for under $60. No airline could even come close to offering that price. Bonus: Proceeds benefit KUVO, Denver's public radio station for Latin, jazz, and blues. Details: Sat 6-10 p.m. Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 E. 66th Ave. $55. For more information, call 303-480-9272 ext. 13 or visit www.kuvo.org. DANCE What: Denver's premiere dance troupe, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, performs The Garden of Dance at the Botanic Gardens. Why: Rarely do sunbathing and high culture fit into the same afternoon. But grab a seat near the outdoor stage and get two solid hours of both. Bonus: Check out the Gardens' ongoing Urban Nature exhibit, a collection of street-style murals. Details: Sun 3-5 p.m. Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St. Free with admission. For more information, call 720-865-3585 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.